VISUAL FLIGHT NEWS Welcome to everyone who has recently joined the Visual Flight mailing list. We've news of something slightly different this time round, RIAT Fairford Scenery, which is a showcase for the work of an exciting new designer, Carl Edwards, who has just come in to flight sim design with a background in professional 3D design in Hollywood films and award-winning games. There's also a bit of chat about VFR Terrain and VFR Photographic Scenery, and the impact they made at the recent Flight Sim show in Blackpool. Finally, the Visual Flight mailing list is intentionally sent in plain text because some people prefer not to receive HTML. This does make the newsletter look a little plain and perhaps not so easy to read, so I'd be interested in knowing if people would prefer if the newletter was sent in Rich Text (HTML) format. If you have any strong feelings either way, please let me know. John Farrie Visual Flight 3 Jul 2004 RIAT FAIRFORD SCENERY FOR MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR Forgive the lengthy title, but getting the wording right on everything is just about the only thing holding us up from releasing this fantastic little gem of scenery design. A proportion of each sale will go to the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund via their trading division, but dotting the I's and crossing the T's on the arrangements are taking a little longer than anticipated. RIAT Fairford: http://www.visualflight.co.uk/fairford The web site above contains a wealth of information and screenshots, but in case you're offline right now, here's an extract: RIAT Fairford Scenery for Microsoft Flight Simulator re-creates the atmosphere of the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT), in particular the 2003 event at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire. Designer Carl Edwards has been able to adapt his Hollywood-level capabilities to the restrictions of Microsoft Flight Simulator and deliver a superb compromise of out-and-out modeling detail and practical reality. RIAT Fairford is designed for FS2002 and FS2004. It can be used alone with the default Microsoft scenery or alongside popular add-on sceneries such as VFR Terrain, VFR Photographic Scenery and UK2000 Scenery/British Airports. An easy-to-use installer makes installation a doddle for novice users, while the expert will appreciate the detailed documentation and installation options which will allow them to adapt RIAT Fairford to integrate with their carefully crafted system. In addition to the detailed aircraft buildings and features, RIAT Fairford also includes a huge collection of static display aircraft, many with show-specific markings, positioned as they were during the Air Tattoo 2003 event wherever possible. To complete the atmosphere and detail of the event, RIAT Fairford includes crowds, fairground rides, hot air balloons, hot dog stands, beer tents, trade stands, marquees, advertising hoardings, banners, coaches, tour buses, military and civilian vehicles, marker cones, crowd-control line and even the all-essential toilet facilities. At this stage, you could be forgiven for wondering about frame rates. The good news is that despite the incredible amount of detail in the scenery, good frame rates are maintained through a combination of superb design skills and user selectable performance options. RIAT Fairford is an airshow, not a slide show! Screenshots: http://www.visualflight.co.uk/fairford/screenshots.htm Forum: http://www.visualflight.co.uk/forums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=48 More information: http://www.visualflight.co.uk/fairford VISUAL FLIGHT SCENERY AT THE BLACKPOOL FLIGHTSIM SHOW Horizon Simulation used an Elumens 3D projection system to demonstrate VFR Terrain and VFR Photographic Scenery, drawing a lot of attention both to the display system and the scenery itself. Although I was not able to attend the show myself, I've since been told that some influential visitors from the USA who had previously been unaware of VFR Terrain and VFR Photographic Scenery, were stunned by the quality and the 3D effect. If this means that US flight sim users no longer think that photo scenery starts and ends with MegaScenery, that will be no bad thing. VFR Terrain and VFR Photographic Scenery are available from Horizon Simulation: http://www.horizonsimulation.com As always, your co-operation in buying direct is appreciated. Mailing List Information ------------------------ You're receiving this email because you've subscribed to the Visual Flight Mailing List. If you're receiving this in error, or you no longer wish to receive news from Visual Flight, please read Mailing List Information below. If you no longer wish to receive news and announcements from Visual Flight, or you would like to change your list settings. please visit the Visual Flight Mailing List web page: http://www.visualflight.co.uk/mailinglist.htm Alternatively, you can unsubscribe by sending an send an email to visualflight-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with "unsubscribe" (without the quotes) as the Subject.